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    Bags of Rice

    Very expensive and high class Japanese rice.

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    Covered Dish

    Mino ware, Green Oribe type. This covered dish is a product of the Mino multi-chambered or "climbing" kilns, which produced Oribe ceramics characterized by an iridescent green copper glaze and underglaze iron drawing.

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    Crane scroll, part 3 by Koetsu, Hon'ami , Sotatsu, Tawaraya

    See Crane scroll, part 1 (soc000277)

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    Flower Container

    An example of Agano ware used during the tea ceremony.

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    Tale of Genji Designs on Set of Shelves

    This three-tier set of zushidana-type shelves includes a cabinet on the middle level in which the doors swing out and another lower level with a sliding door. The decorative motifs are based on the Heian-period romantic classic, The Tale of Genji. In addition to the lacquer and pulverized stone used in the motif, inlaid mother-of-pearl, gold, silver, and tin are also employed.

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    This jinbaori, made of wool, is said to have been owned by Date Masamune, daimyo of Sendai. The jinbaori's purpose was originally functional, being worn over armor for protection against cold and rain. Horizontally centered on the back of this jacket of thin wool is the bamboo and sparrow crest ("mon") of the Date family embroidered in gold.

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    Set of Trays and Tablewares

    This set is said to have been used by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun. "The entire set is decorated with a pear-skin ground (nashiji), a gold and silver maki-e clove floral scroll, and the three-leaved hollyhock mon. The edges of the trays are rimmed with silver, and the interiors of the bowls are finished with red laquer." - Suzuki Norio in "Japan: The Shaping of Daimyo Culture"

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    Yishan Yining Zen Priest

    Yishan Yining (1237-1317), known in Japan as Issan Kokushi (National Teacher), was an erudite priest of Chinese Rinzai Zen Buddhism who came to Japan in 1299 CE. This portrait of him is made of polychromed wood using Japanese cypress.

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    Ashikaga Yoshimasa

    This portrait done with ink and color and gold leaf on silk is believed to be of the eighth Ashikaga shogun, Yoshimasa.

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    Buddhist Monks

    Buddhist monks with novice at the turn of the century.

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    Air Raid Drills

    Air raid drills in Japan during World War II.

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    Set of Utensils for the Incense Game

    In the Heian period, the fragrance of aromatic wood was enjoyed by members of court society. The appreciation of incense became formalized in the Muromachi period, and many varieties of monko, literally listening to the incense" were established. Throughout the Edo period, enthusiasts of this widely popular game included members of the warrior class. This set of incense utensils is decorated with such plants and flowers as bush clover, chrysanthemum, peony, camelia, iris, and bamboo arranged in circular motifs in slightly raised gold takamaki-e lacquer." - Suzuki Norio

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    A St Olaf student being dressed in a kimono by her host family. The host mothers were trying to figure out how to tie the obi when this picture was snapped.

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    Nagasaki Shrine

    Not many shrines are lucky enough to have a backdrop as beautiful as the rolling hills of Nagasaki.

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    Koi at Glover Garden in Nagasaki.

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    The Street Where They Lived

    Photo of the huge red-light district in Tokyo known as Yoshiwara, which flourished for more than three hundred years.

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    British Soldiers and Japanese Geisha

    British soldiers and sailors were made welcome at a gala affair in Hibiya Park after the Japanese British Alliance of 1902 was implemented.

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    Family at Park

    A family enjoys a morning together at their local park by eating sweet-bread.

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    Embarkation Card

    An example of an embarkation card, which everyone entering Japan must fill out.

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    Horses by Hideyori, Kano (d. ca 1576/7)

    A dappled white horse (ema) bucks, head restrained by a bridle tied to steaks in the ground. One half of a set.

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    Calligraphy Brushes

    Calligraphy brushes packaged for sale.

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    Gate at Todai-ji

    The enormous scale of this enormous gate at Todai-ji is hard to imagine until one sees people standing next to it.

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    Old Fashioned Way

    Around the turn of the century, farmers continued to thatch their roofs despite the modern structures that were being erected in the cities.

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    A stone lantern sits surrounded by rectangular pillars.

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    A few examples of the bright and overstimulating magazines available in Japan seen in a bookstore.